An August 1, 2006 Department of State field cable confirms that “Embassy Beirut has ceased all visa processing for the duration of the current crisis and it is currently impossible to predict how long this situation will continue.” The cable gives the following guidance for consular posts in the meantime:

  • For Immigrant Visa (IV) processing. DOS has designated the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece “as the immigrant visa processing post for Lebanese nationals until such time as Embassy Beirut can resume its normal visa operations. Lebanese immigrant visa applicants should be instructed to address their inquiries to Embassy Athens via email at [email protected].”
  • For Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) processing. The DOS cable instructs posts that all consular posts “may accept non-resident Lebanese non-immigrant visa applicants who are physically present in their consular district. These applicants should be processed under normal local NIV procedures, including interview appointment scheduling. Posts should not expedite these applications ahead of other NIV applicants, unless their cases qualify for normal expedited processing for students and businessmen. Any inquiries that posts receive from or on behalf of Lebanese nationals applying for F, H, J, L, M, O or P visas who are not physically present in their consular districts should be directed to contact Embassy Athens for an interview appointment at their website” AMDOC #: 200608015